It's that time of year again in Pittsburgh—whether you're in the city or the suburbs, no road in the area is safe from potholes. Due to Western Pennsylvania's unique climate and topography, roadways become a breeding ground for potholes in the late winter and spring.
These road craters can cause damage to vehicles, and car accidents. And it's not just drivers who should beware—potholes are a safety hazard to bicyclists and pedestrians as well. What should you do if you see a particularly problematic pothole in your area? And what can you do if a pothole damaged your vehicle or caused a car accident? We've put together the ultimate guide for how to deal with Pittsburgh's Pothole Problem.
Each year, the citizens of Pittsburgh call in to report approximately 4,000 to 5,000 potholes. With Mayor Peduto's help making road repair a priority, the typical pothole in Pittsburgh will now be repaired three to five days after being reported.
Public Works and PennDOT maintain that even within this timeframe, they still aim to patch the more dangerous potholes first. How you report potholes makes a difference.
Don't wait. If you notice potholes or other dangerous road conditions, report them immediately. There are different groups to contact depending on who owns the road on which you spotted the pothole.
For roads within the City of Pittsburgh:
For state roads maintained by PennDOT:
For other local roads in PA or in other states:
Say you've been injured in a car accident caused by a pothole, or maybe your car was damaged because of one. Who's responsible? Beware—Pennsylvania has very specific laws about your rights as a victim of an accident caused by bad roads.
Note—Time limits apply: you must file a claim in writing against the state or a local government in PA within six months of the date of the crash.
If you've been hurt in a car accident because of any dangerous road condition, don't assume that it was your fault. You may have a case. We'll stand up against the government—or whoever is at fault—and get you the money you deserve. Our car accident attorneys have experience proving cases where potholes, ice patches, or any bad road condition had an impact.
Contact Edgar Snyder & Associates right away at 1-866-943-3427 or submit your information online.